Sri Lanka Culinary Tour August 2018

The Kandy Esala Perehera – painting by Sydney based artist Judith Johnson, who was on the tour in 2017


Date 17th AUGUST – 02nd SEPTEMBER 2018 Time Frame 16 Nights and 17 Days

Accommodation Details
Activities & Highlights

Day 01 -17 August
Airport / Negombo (Approx: 20 mins drive) Jetwing Lagoon, Negombo Bed & Breakfast Basis Deluxe room be met at the Colombo International airport and head over to Negombo; a picturesque fishing village located in close proximity to the airport. Check into your hotel immediately to rest, relax and unwind. Located between the Indian Ocean and the Negombo lagoon, Jetwing Lagoon offers a blend of rejuvenation and relaxation with a unique restaurant called Geoffrey‟s by the Lagoon offering Geoffrey Bawa‟s favorites. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, relaxing and enjoying the breathtaking vistas of the idyllic Negombo Lagoon. Dinner will not be included on this date.

Day 02 -18 August
Jetwing Lagoon, Negombo
Half Board Basis
Deluxe Room
Some guests may arrive on this date


Day 03 -19 August
Negombo / Dambulla (Approx: 5 hour drive) (Visit to Dambulla Cave Temple Complex (Approx: 2 hours) Jetwing Lake, Dambulla Half Board Basis Deluxe room. After breakfast at your hotel, you will be taken to the Cultural Triangle; the ancient heart of Sri Lanka. Enroute make an optional visit to the Dambulla Cave Temple Complex. The ancient Dambulla cave is the largest cave monastery in the country with a history going back to the 1st century BC. Its rock ceiling is a sweep of colorful frescoes depicting Buddhist mythology and the tales of the Buddha’s previous births. Check-into your luxurious abode; an authentic lifestyle hotel that embodies the ultimate eco-friendly luxury and rural simplicity. Evening at Leisure

Day 04 – 20 August
Dambulla / Sigiriya
(Approx: 30 min drive)
Visit to Sigiriya Rock Fortress
(Approx: 3 ½ hours)
Sigiriya / Minneriya National Park
(Approx: 30 min drive)
Jetwing Lake, Dambulla
Half Board Basis
Deluxe room
Early Morning ascend the majestic Sigiriya Rock Fortress: a 5th century fortress that soars above the surrounding plains of the dry zone. The cloud hugging rock fortress is dubbed the “08th Wonder of the World” highlighting a part of the most turbulent history.
Return for Breakfast.
Experience a truly Authentic Sri Lankan Breakfast demonstration by Kumar;
Afternoon you may enjoy a Safari ride at the Minneriya National Park (3pm -6pm).

The Minneriya national park is one of the best places in the country to see wild elephants, which are often present in huge numbers, and wading birds. Dominated by the ancient Minneriya Tank, the park has plenty of scrub, forest and wetlands in its 88.9 sq. km to also provide shelter for toque macaques, sambar deer, buffalo, crocodiles and leopards.

Day 05 -21 August
Sigiriya / Matale / Kandy (Approx: 3.5 hour drive) Queen’s Hotel, Kandy Half Board Basis Balcony Room with Seats Website Today you will be taken to the relaxing hill station of Kandy. Surrounded by virgin forests and broken by the great Mahaweli River, Kandy is well known as the Centre of Buddhism and the capital of the last Sinhalese kingdom. The name Kandy evokes romantic notions in people of a lost hill kingdom, a lake, tea plantations, a famous temple… Places to visit Enroute to Kandy; Participate in a demonstration that showcases using the finest spices that Ceylon is famous for. Enjoy a Traditional lunch at the home of a batik artist. Proceed to Kandy and check into Queen‟s Hotel; Sri Lanka’s most iconic historic hotel situated in the heart of Kandy and the prominent venue to view the momentous “Kandy Esala Perahera.‟


Day 6 – 22 August
Queen’s Hotel, Kandy
Half Board Basis
Balcony Room with Seats
After breakfast at your hotel, take a city tour of Kandy including the market place and the Temple of the Tooth Relic, which houses Sri Lanka’s most sacred relic, a tooth of the Lord Buddha.
Things to do in Kandy;
Visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens; a pleasure garden of a Kandyan King of the 16th Century and later made into a Botanical Garden during the British regime. Garrison Cemetery; a British War-Cemetery
Engage in a short forest trek in Udawatte kele Sanctuary. This is a historic forest reserve located in the heart of Kandy.
In the evening, dine at the Legendary Queens Hotel (Dinner will be served from 6.30pm onwards)
Thereafter enjoy the action of the famous Cultural Pageant of Sri Lanka,‟ the Kandy Esala Perahera‟ from the confines of your room at Queen’s hotel, Kandy.
The Esala Perahera in Kandy is one of the oldest and grandest of all Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka, featuring dancers, musicians, fire-breathers, and lavishly decorated elephants.

Day 07 -23 August
Kandy / Nuwara Eliya / Ella (Approx: 4 hour drive) 98 Acres Resort and Spa, Ella Half Board Basis Premium Room Take a scenic drive through the Central tea Carpets; Sri Lanka’s tea growing region.
During the drive, relish the endless views of tea carpeted valleys, processing factories belching out fragrant aromas and the bright flash of female “tea pluckers” in their pimento, fuchsia, saris picking their way through the plantations. Enroute, tour the Small Colonial City of Nuwara Eliya, fondly referred to as the Little England of Ceylon. Thereafter continue your journey to the picturesque town of Ella. Ella is a small village nestled in a valley peering straight through the Ella Gap and is surrounded by hilly countryside perfect for walks; through tea plantations, waterfalls, ancient temples and artifacts. Arrive at your luxurious Resort. Set amidst stunning mountains, 98 Acres Resort & Spa is one of the most elegant, that stands on a scenic 98 acre tea estate, surrounded by a stunning lush green landscapes

Day 08 -24 August
98 Acres Resort and Spa, Ella
Half Board Basis
Premium Room
This morning engage in a Tea tour (Tea Factory visit) arranged by the hotel.
Take a walk in a lavish plantation with the expert during plucking time, chat with a tea plucker, witness the withering process & the subsequent steps involved in making fresh tea and indulge in a tea tasting session.

Mid-afternoon join Kumar for a scrumptious Demonstration at the restaurant.
Join Kumar for a scrumptious lunch demonstration at the restaurant.
Evening at leisure.

Day 09 -25 August
Ella 98 Acres Resort and Spa, Ella Half Board Basis Premium Room In the morning, visit the Mini Adams Peak and enjoy the magnificent vistas of the rolling mountains. This is a short walk /hike that commences in the morning and offers plethora of wonder views over the hills. Time: Walk commences from 5.30AM Duration: Approx:1.5 hours Things to do during your stay in Ella; Visit the Ravana Ella waterfalls and the iconic Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.
Visit a local family whose living is based on producing different products created from coconuts.

Day 10-26 August
Ella / Buduruwagala/ Tangalle
(Approx: 5.5 hour drive)
Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle, Resort
Half Board Basis
Premium Ocean View
After breakfast, leisurely proceed to the city of Tangalle; a palm fringed picturesque bay located along the idyllic Southern coast of Sri Lanka.
Enroute visit the Buduruwagala Temple; a 1000-year-old, rock-cut Buddha figures, surrounded by smaller carved figures, the gigantic standing Buddha.
Check into your beach resort immediately to rest, relax and unwind.
Secluded on Sri Lanka‟s southernmost shore, Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort & Spa stands on a 42 acre coconut plantation and golden crescent beach, with stunning Indian Ocean views.
Evening at leisure.

Day 11 27 August
Tangalle Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle, Resort Half Board Basis Premium Ocean View Spend the morning at leisure by relaxing by the pool and at the beach.
DINNER COOKING DEMONSTRATION Late evening, join Kumar for an exhilarating demonstration at the Spice Spoons Cooking outlet.

Day 12 – 28 August
Tangalle / Galle
(Approx: 2 hour
Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle
Half Board Basis
Deluxe Room
After breakfast, leave for the world heritage city of Galle.
Galle is the country‟s oldest living city and is sure to capture your interest, with its historic sites and its unique fusion of European and Arabic cultural and architectural influences. Galle rose to prominence as a port of call for Chinese, Persian, Arab and Indian traders, later followed by Portuguese, Dutch and British colonialists, all leaving their indelible mark on this enchanting seaside town.
Optional Activity;
Enroute, you may visit the Handungoda Tea Estate in Galle: The only tea estate situated in the coastal belt of Sri Lanka specializing in the manufacturing of ‘virgin white tea’.
Check into your hotel to rest, relax and unwind.

Jetwing Lighthouse is located in the heart of historical Galle. Facing the spectacular sun, sand and sunsets of the southern coast, guests can unwind and indulge in the luxury and exclusivity of this tropical retreat.

Day 13 – 29 August
Galle Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle Half Board Basis Deluxe Room
Mid-afternoon visit the City of Galle to explore the UN World Heritage site; the eminent Galle Fort. Explore Galle Fort with its low lined streets and history behind its Rampart. The Fort remains a hive of activity and is one of the few World Heritage listed sites in which a bustling population continues to thrive. After you have explored the city you could proceed to do some shopping in the very heart of Galle; where you will come across shops with fine variety of gems and jewelries, antiques, art galleries and Design stores etc. a few great shops to visit would be Barefoot, Fort Gallery and Elephant walk to name a few. Evening catch the Sunset in watercolor symphony against the Glorious Ramparts.

Day 14- 30 August
Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle
Half Board Basis
Deluxe Room
Spend the morning at leisure by relaxing by the pool and at the beach.
In the evening join Kumar for an invigorating dinner demonstration.

Day 15 – 31 August
Galle / Bentota / Colombo (Approx: 2.5 hour drive) Galle Face Hotel, Colombo Half Board Basis Landmark Room After breakfast at the hotel leave for Bentota; a prime beach location along the Southern Coast. Enroute enjoy a scrumptious lunch and stroll through the gardens at The Lunuganga Geoffrey Bawa Country House. Lunuganga Estate was the country home of the renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. As he went on to become Sri Lanka‟s and one of Asia‟s most prolific and influential architects, the garden at the Lunuganga estate remained his first muse and experimental laboratory for new ideas.

Day 16 – 1 September
Galle Face Hotel, Colombo
Half Board Basis
Landmark Room

After breakfast at your hotel, engage in a tour of the Commercial Capital exploring the Architecture of the Colonial Ceylon. Visit some interesting features such as the old city of Fort, the main markets of Pettah, the Hindu Temple at Sea Street, the Dutch Church at Wolfendal, the historic Davatagaha Mosque and the Seema Malaka Temple.
Indulge in some shopping whether it is value for money clothes or impressive antiques – Odel shopping Complex, Paradise Road, Barefoot Gallery

Day 17 – 02 September
Colombo / Airport (Approx: 55 min drive) N/A As all good things must come to an end, we bid you farewell as you set off to the Airport in time to meet your departure flight home.

Based on 8 Paying Guests
Date Range: 17th AUGUST – 02nd SEPTEMBER 2018
US$ 6,350 per person; occupying a SINGLE room on the meals basis specified above
US$ 4,356 per person; sharing a DOUBLE room on the meals basis specified above
Entrance Fees (US$ approx) – Not included in the final price
Sigiriya Rock Fortress US$ 30.00 P/P
Minneriya National Park US$ 30.00 P/P
Dambulla Cave Temple US$ 13.00 P /P
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic US$ 15.00 P /P
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens US$ 15.00 P /P
Udawatte Kele Sanctuary US$ 5.00 P /P
Buduruwagala Temple US$ 4.00 P/P Galle Museum US$ 4.00 P/P
Colombo Museum US$ 6.00 P/P
Gangaramaya Temple US$ 5.00 P/P
Jeep Hire at National Park US$ 45.00 Per Jeep (Maximum 6 per persons)
Accommodation at the properties specified above.
Private air-conditioned Mini Coach (12 –Seater) with an English speaking National Guide for 16 nights / 17 days (including pickup and drop-off at Airport)
Local government taxes & service charges.
Meal Basis – As specified above
The Viewing of the Kandy Esala Perahera Pageant
Tea Factory Visit in Ella
Visit to Mini Adam’s Peak
Visit to Geoffrey Bawa’s Country House Followed by Lunch
Traditional lunch at the home of a batik artist.
Visit to all the places mentioned in the itinerary
Oil and Fuel charges.
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Air Fares
Airport Taxes
Entrance fees to sites mentioned in the activities section – Mentioned on Page 16.
Safari Jeep Hire Costs
Optional tours and activities
Camera & Video permits at Cultural sights
All expenses of personal nature
Tips and porterage
All entrance fees to tourist and other attractions not specified above.
1. Quote is subject to availability and price fluctuations prior to booking.
2. All drive times are approximate and are subject to change
3. All reservations subject to availability at time of booking
4. The standard check in time in Sri Lanka is 1400 hours and the Check-out time is 12 noon
5. Tipping can be US$ 10.00 – US$ 15.00 per person per day, but depending on your level of satisfaction with our services
6. At local restaurants tipping can be about LKR 300.00 per meal
7. Lunch and Dinner and be from outside restaurants which will be about US$ 18.00 per meal maximum based on the dishes which you order
8. Alcohol will not be served by any hotel on POYA DAYS (FULL MOON) and other days prohibited by the Government.
9. Payment Procedure:
You can make the payment via Credit card for which there is a 2.8% service charge adding to the final price mentioned above for which I can sent you the payment link for the same to be followed online and fill in your credit card details using our safe online payment gateway
OR you can make a bank transfer for the company bank details which I can mail you once the plans are fixed and the price is finalized.
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10. Cancellation Policy: Between 41 and 60 days – forfeit of deposit Between 30 and 40 days – 50% of total ground arrangement cost Between 20 and 29 days – 75% of total ground arrangement cost 19 or Less than 19 days – no refund of total ground arrangement cost
- Optional excursions and additional services could be provided for which we will charge additionally.
- Visits to wild life parks will be at client’s own risk.
- Safari vehicles (non air-conditioned) available are very basic with basic insurance cover (not comprehensive as in the case of vehicles used for tours).
Proceeding further with this itinerary means that you have read and fully understand our standard terms and conditions which are available on our website –